One of the things I love about the position God has called me to at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) is the opportunity to celebrate with churches that are faithfully following the Great Commission. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of worshipping with Old Town Baptist Church in Winston-Salem as they celebrated their commitment to engage the “T-people” with the gospel.

Senior pastor Dr. Rick Speas and missions pastor Mark Harrison have led Old Town on a journey that will not be easy and will not be quick, but one that is faithful to the global mission heart of God. The joy I experienced was seeing a church committed to take the gospel to a people group that, until last year, didn’t have anyone even praying for them. It is my prayer that the number of celebrations like the one at Old Town will begin to fill my schedule all across our state.

The International Mission Board of the SBC (IMB) has challenged Southern Baptists to engage the more than 3,500 unengaged people groups. To help North Carolina Baptist churches be a part of this God-given mission, the BSCNC Office of Great Commission Partnerships is partnering with the IMB to host three important events this year.

The first of these opportunities will be at First Baptist Church in Charlotte April 30-May 2. The evening of April 30 will be a mission celebration with Dr. Chuck Lawless from the IMB delivering an inspirational challenge from God’s Word. This event is free and will begin at 6:30 p.m. The main conference is May 1-2 and will give your church practical ways to begin the journey to take the gospel to the ends of the earth.

To register for the main conference click here.

Imagine the day when a people group somewhere in the world will hear the gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time, all because a church in North Carolina took serious the Great Commission. That day for the T-people has come – which group will be next?

To find out more about Old Town’s journey and the T-people read the following articles by Melissa Lilley:

Part One: Winston-Salem church ready to adopt

Part Two: Old Town narrows in on “unbroken ground”

Part Three: UUPG embraces gospel for the first time

For more information about how your church can get involved or opportunities to engage, contact Michael Sowers in the Office of Great Commission Partnerships at 800.395.5102 ext. 5654 or

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